AUSTIN, TX, Aug. 30, 2004 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- NetSimplicity, a leading provider of scheduling software, today announced an extension of its popular Meeting Room Manager product that will enable customers to seamlessly order catering as they schedule their meetings.
Meeting Room Manager (MRM) users can now access Vmeals, an online service that automates catering orders with a wide variety of restaurants, directly from MRM's Web-based interface. With a few clicks, users can book a room, invite attendees, and place a catering order -- all from their Web browsers.
NetSimplicity has partnered with major Vmeals licensees to enable customers to order catering from hundreds of leading local restaurants in over 30 major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.
"Vmeals and NetSimplicity are both experiencing high growth among corporate, legal and other customers who are 'meeting-centric,'" said Fred Stow, president of Lone Star Meals, Vmeals' largest licensee. "These customers are trying to do more with less, people-wise, and don't have time to waste on the more mundane aspects of making meetings happen. Yet meetings still matter -- and getting all the details of the meeting just right still matters. Vmeals and NetSimplicity both fill clear and complementary needs to make meetings easy and successful."
"We're pleased to bring this additional capability to our customers," said Nancy Harris, vice president of software at NetSimplicity. "By bringing customers' favorite local restaurants right to their fingertips, Vmeals automates an important part of the meeting planning process. Vmeals' service, integrated with our Meeting Room Manager product for scheduling meeting rooms, attendees, and other services, will further automate and streamline the meeting planning process."
Meeting Room Manager enables users to automate the entire meeting scheduling process, from reserving meeting rooms, requesting food and equipment, and sending invitations, to detailed reporting. The Vmeals capability is available immediately, at no extra cost, to customers using the Web-based interface of NetSimplicity's Meeting Room Manager 2004 Pro or Enterprise versions. It may be downloaded with the most recent MRM service pack from the NetSimplicity support Web site at http://www.netsimplicity.com/support.
NetSimplicity provides a spectrum of scheduling software that enables all sizes of organizations to streamline the scheduling of people, places and things. The company's offerings include Meeting Room Manager, the company's flagship product that provides Web-based room scheduling capabilities and Visual Asset Manager, an easy-to-use product that tracks and manages an organization's IT assets. For additional information, visit www.netsimplicity.com. NetSimplicity is a division of Forgent (NASDAQ: FORG).
Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, Vmeals provides a simple, reliable way for customers to order top-quality food for meetings and group functions. Vmeals' service allows customers to place catering orders right from their Web browsers. It quickly routes orders to the chosen restaurant or caterer, confirms the order when placed and on the morning of the event, and provides unified billing, all-inclusive of tax, tip, and delivery. With Vmeals, your meal arrives at the right time, in the right place, and just as ordered. For more information, see www.vmeals.com.
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